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Man accused of running down ''too westernized'' daughter

2:51 PM, Oct 22, 2009   |    comments
Noor Faleh Almaleki
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Glendale, Ariz. -- Arizona police are looking for an Iraqi man who they allege ran down his daughter and her friend because he believed his daughter had become "too Westernized."

Peoria, Arizona, police said Wednesday that Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, struck his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, and her friend Amal Edan Khalaf with a vehicle he was driving in a parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki was angry with his daughter "as she had become too 'Westernized' and was not living according to [the family's] traditional Iraq[i] values," Peoria police said in a statement released Wednesday.

Noor Faleh Almaleki is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to the statement. Khalaf, 43, received injuries that are not life-threatening but is still in the hospital, police said.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki was last seen in a gray or silver 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Arizona license plate ADS-9192, police said.

Authorities said the two victims, who live together in Surprise, were still in the hospital as of Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness or the Peoria Police Tip Line at 623-773-7045.

CNN.com and Christina O'Haver, The Arizona Republic

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